Jeff Bercow, Attorney at law • Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes | Land Use, Zoning Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate Law, Real Estate Litigation • South East Florida | Member of Finest Residences

Jeff Bercow

Co-founder, Shareholder at Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes

  • Service Areas: Miami, South-East Florida
  • Specialties: Zoning Law, Environmental Law, Land Use Law

About Jeff Bercow

With over 35 years of dedicated practice in land use and zoning law, Jeffrey Bercow has established himself as a preeminent figure in his field. Alongside his ventures in real estate law and litigation, he co-founded a reputable firm alongside Michael Radell in 1996, garnering significant recognition, today Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes, renowned as one of the most prominent boutique law firm in land use, zoning law, real estate and litigation in South East Florida.

Counted among the foremost attorneys in his domain, Jeffrey adeptly represents a diverse clientele including real estate developers, landowners, institutional clients, lenders, and property owners. His comprehensive practice spans the entirety of local, state, and federal real estate permitting and licensing matters, encompassing zoning approvals, amendments of local government comprehensive plans, developments of regional impacts (DRIs), due diligence reviews, growth management, concurrency, and environmental affairs.

Jeffrey’s prowess has been acknowledged through numerous accolades, including being selected among the Best Lawyers in America and ranked as a top lawyer in zoning and land use by Chambers USA. He has also earned distinction as Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and received the prestigious Dade County Bar Association’s Top Zoning and Land Use Attorney award in 2017. Continuously recognized by The Legal 500 United States as one of the leading land use/zoning lawyers since 2004, he was inducted into its “Hall of Fame” in 2019. Best Lawyers in America has consistently honored him annually since 2005, designating him as the “Miami Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year” in 2012, 2018, and 2021.

Beyond his professional achievements, Jeffrey maintains a steadfast commitment to community service. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the City of Miami Downtown Development Authority for 18 years, assuming the role of Vice Chairman for approximately 10 years and contributing to various committees. Additionally, he lent his expertise to the Miami Beach Zoning Board of Adjustment and held positions in the Downtown Miami Community Development Corporation.

At the regional level, Jeffrey’s contributions extend to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, where he chaired the Expressway Authority Committee and played instrumental roles in various transportation initiatives. His involvement with the Builders Association of South Florida further underscores his dedication, having chaired the Impact Fee Committee and served in leadership capacities within key subcommittees.

On a broader scale, Jeffrey Bercow’s impact transcends state boundaries, as evidenced by his appointment to the State of Florida’s Transportation and Land Use Study Committee, reflecting his enduring commitment to shaping policy and advancing the interests of the community.

Awards & Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Land Use and Zoning; Environmental; and Real Estate, 2005-present
  • 2021 and 2018 Miami Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year — The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Chambers USA Band 1 (top ranking), 2008-present
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite
  • The Legal 500 United States, Leading Land Use/Zoning Lawyer in U.S. (2011-present); Hall of Fame
  • Miami Best Lawyers, Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year 2012
  • Super Lawyers®
  • AVVO rating of 10.0 (highest)

Practice Specialties

  • Local and State Real Estate Permitting and Licensing
  • Zoning Approvals
  • Amendments of Local Government Comprehensive Plans
  • Concurrency and Environmental Matters
  • Developments of Regional Impacts
  • Due Diligence Reviews
  • Growth Management


  • J.D., Boston College, School of Law, cum laude, 1978
  • B.A., Yale University, cum laude, 1975


  • Downtown Development Authority, former board member and Vice-Chairman of Board of Directors
  • Metropolitan Dade County Transportation, Infrastructure and Concurrency Task Force, Former Chairman
  • State of Florida’s Transportation and Land Use Study Committee, Former Member

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